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THE WILUAHS NEWS
ly a boy not over fix years old, Jus body ftained and decorated, a wreath o cottonwood leaves on his head, belt and anklets of cot ton -wood leaves, Vreaet and lepi bare, carrying a vessel of liquid which he sprinkles by means of an eagle feather, ahead of the men as they march about the plaza. The re maining Antelope priests, bare-footed, their bodies grotesquely ftri jutj with white, faces blackened and chins painted white, white cotton trunks about the loins, necklesses of silver, shells and turquoise, bracelets about the arms alove the elbows, carrying a small rattle in the right hand, march four times around the plaza to the left. The last one irv line, a youngster like the leader, carries a blade-shaped piece of wood, to which a string is tied. As they pass the four Kints of the compass, he produces a sound simu lating a storm, whirling the wood through the air. In front of the kisi of cottonwiMtd lioughs lies a plank aliout four feet long and one foot wide, the sipapu plank, with a hole in the middle, communicating with the under world. As the priests cross the plank, they stamp violently un it with the right foot to inform the spirits that the ceremony is in progress. After making the circuit four times, the Anteloe men line up. six on each side of the cottonwood kisi, facing southward, where they await the entry of the snake men, keeping up :t continual shaking of the rattles meanwhile. Here come the Snake men ! With long, rapid strides they enter, and woe to the camera or onlooker chancing to lie in their way, as they make a circuit alut twice as large as that made by the Antelope priests. Their 1 km lie ainted a brownish hue, faces blackened and stnjieU with white, brown kilts with a broad black zigzag jmttern in the center and green and yellow lorders,a row of liangles deendant from the kilt, reddish brown feath ers in their hair, fox hides hanging down their lucks, they present an apearance solemn and dramatic as they proceed four times about the plaza, stamping on the siiapu plank each time they pass. Then they line up, twenty-eight in num ler, in front of the kisi, facing the A nteloe priests. All is quiet for a moment, then the rattles begin, ac companied by a low humming chant. The eagle feather snake whi8 make a peculiar swishing ac comaniment as the lines sway from side to side rgfee first verse of the chant H .. The lines fac ing each othi-t . k "U of swnving 1 A . i 1 thiA -. k from side to side, now step backward and forward as the chant grows louder. This alternation is relocat ed several times. Suddenly the Snake men break ranks. Two priests place their arms atout each other and dance in a circle in front of the kisi, a third priest following. The entire Snake line of twenty-eight men thus breaks up in groups. The "carrier" suddenly drois- on his knees in front of the kisi, and fumbling alnmt draws one or more snakes from the lmg. At former dances, a priest in the kisi handed out the snakes. This vear the " car rier" brings out the snake and places it crosswise in his mouth. The priest, whose arm is about the earner s" shoulder, engrosses the attention of the snake, by means of his snake whip, and the trio, fol lowed by other trios, dance aliout the plaza, to the accompaminent of the rattle and chant of the AntelojKJ men, who do not break line during this iart of the dance. Four times around the plaza, then the "carrier" leans over and drops tike snake to the ground. The third man. the "gatherer," now picks up the snake. Sometimes, in the case of the venomous reptile, consider able time is consumed persuading the snake to uncoil. The "gatherer," with an agility which is marvelous, picks up the snake and adds it to the others which he has in his hand. When the "gatherers' hands are full, they pass a few of the snakes to the Antelof men, who are lined up. The little Ante lope priest at the head of the line, held a snake larger than he was himself. After the bag is emptied, and all the snakes have participated in the ceremony, an old priest ad vances to the west of the plaza and makes a large circle with corn meal, outlining the points of the com J ass by crss lines. At a given signal, the snakes are thrown into the circle and corn meal is thrown on them by the Snake priestesses, maidens with hair in whorls on the sides of their heads, and gaily at tired for the occasion. A sudden scramble, and the snakes are gather ed in handful by the priests, who run down the mesa and carry them far out in the trails below, where they are left to carry the prayers of the people to the gods. The Ante loie priests march around the plaza, stamping the plank as lie fore, and miss out to their kiva, and the ceremony is over. When the Snake men return, they go to their kiva and divest themselves oftheir trappings, re- rosctj-MD o ro mix v? 2 A 4 4 'V- '- .- ' ' t POLSON BROS. General Merchandise A Complete Line of Ladies' and Men's Shoes, and Gents' Furnishing Goods Just Arrived Store at WAREHOUSE POLSON BROS. J. P. PARKER E. n. TWITTY Twitty & Parker DEALERS IN GENERAL. nERCH ANDISE. STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES, GENTS' FURNISHING GOODS jt j BOOTS AND SHOES We rf located temporarily In the flrt MoryofODD FELLOWS' HALL. where we will be pleaed to wait on til of our old ruRtoraera, and aa many new on aa care to come, until mirnrw tullllnjc In tiumhed on William Avenue. 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